Common Winter Skin Conditions and How To Solve Them

During this time of the year, when the freezing cold weather is at its peak, it often takes a toll on our skin and as a result, we often see more patients during these months suffering from what we call “common winter skin conditions”.

One common factor behind skin conditions in the winter is from a sudden change from heated warm air indoors to harsh cold and dry air outside.

Another common factor is we regularly wrap up more to keep ourselves warm, however, this may cause problems when we overheat and sweat begins to build up.

Winter skin conditions

If you are suffering from this common winter skin condition, it may be the right time to speak with our dermatologists to get advice on changing your skincare routine or medication at this time of year.

Is Winter Weather Bad For Your Skin?

By mixing heated air indoors and cold air outside affects our skin by drying it out, which is why we see a surge of patients during this time of the year.

If you have underlying skin conditions, it is likely that you will experience harsher effects on the skin as a result.

Although the winter itch does not necessary to cause a rash, it will get worse and become irritated due to excessive scratching.

This common winter skin condition is known as the winter itch which is similar to dermatitis. It is caused when your skin dries out to the point that it becomes unbearable and itchy. Another problem is that this itch can be worse if you are wearing clothing that will aggravate your symptoms – which is common winter wear such as wool or flannel clothing.

The most common areas, where you are likely to experience the winter itch, is in the legs during the night – especially the knees and ankles.

Expert Skincare Tips for Winter

  1. Drink plenty of fluids to keep your body fully hydrated
  2. Use moisturiser daily and take a warm bath before bed
  3. Wear lightweight layers
  4. Make sure that clothing next to your skin has a smooth texture to prevent irritation

Why see your dermatologist?

See our Dermatologist in London if you need more skincare advice or if you have any concerns about skin conditions that are getting worse in winter. You can also speak to one of our Dermatologist Online for remote consultation from the comfort of your own home.


How can I prevent dry skin during the winter months?

In addition to the mentioned tips, you can prevent dry skin by using a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the air. Also, try to avoid long, hot showers, as they can strip your skin of its natural oils. Instead, opt for lukewarm showers and pat your skin dry gently after.

Are there any specific skincare products recommended for winter skin care?

Yes, using thicker, emollient-rich moisturizers in the winter can help lock in moisture. Look for products containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and ceramides. Additionally, lip balms with SPF can protect your lips from chapping.

Can winter weather worsen pre-existing skin conditions?

Yes, individuals with skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and seborrheic dermatitis may experience worsened symptoms during the winter due to the harsh weather and temperature fluctuations.

How can I protect my hands from dryness and cracking during the winter?

To protect your hands, consider wearing gloves when you go outside, especially in extremely cold weather. Apply a rich hand cream or ointment regularly, and avoid using harsh, alcohol-based hand sanitizers too frequently.

Is it necessary to change my skincare routine in the winter?

Yes, it’s often beneficial to adjust your skincare routine for the winter months. This may include using a more hydrating cleanser, incorporating a thicker moisturizer, and using a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection even in winter.

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